Tying a Trench

After my recent WIWT post I’ve gotten a couple of questions about what I do with the belt on my trench coat. They answer is simple – it’s tied behind me. I use the above method (taken from an old GiltMANual post that no longer seems to exist), which essentially uses a four-in-hand tie knot to cinch the back of the coat. This has the advantage of making the waist of the jacket somewhat adjustable, so it can appear slim whether you have a jacket on underneath or not. On the rare occasion, I will belt the jacket on the front if the weather really calls for it. If I do this I will usually tie it like a bathrobe rather than use the buckle, but that’s just my preference.